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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763611735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763611736
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 14.1 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 268 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Roscoe Wizzle notices many things. For instance, the way really weird situations can seem really normal. Or how "you never really know what you're going to think or when you're going to think it." Or the fact that there are "at least five different kinds of minutes"--from the Rubber Band to the Firecracker to the Sleeping Beauty. But the one thing that Roscoe somehow doesn't notice is that he is transmogrifying into a giant bug. (Roscoe quickly recounts the possible reasons for this oversight, beginning with "1. I don't spend much time looking into a mirror. Why should I? I am only ten years old.")

What's worse is that this transformation might have something to do with the way kids have been disappearing from all over Roseville, including Charlie Bog and Judy Pongarongatong. And, however unlikely it may seem, there could be some connection with Gussy's--the place that serves Jungle Drum burgers alongside Jungle fries and Quicksand shakes.

Will Roscoe and his "certified genius" pal Kinchy suss out what's up before it's too late and Roscoe's become a bug for good? Sit back and let Roscoe tell the tale, and--in between hearing about Roscoe's dad the cymbal tester and why an almost 74-year-old secretary became a jujitsu black belt--you'll surely find out. David Elliott, all wry wit, seems to have had quite a good time with his debut novel. (Ages 7 to 10) --Paul Hughes

From Publishers Weekly

Elliott's (The Cool Crazy Crickets) entertaining and energetic middle-grade novel stars fourth-grader Roscoe Wizzle (whose greatest fear is that "a comet will strike the earth when I am in the bathtub"). He leads a fairly ordinary life, despite his quirky parents (Waldo, a cymbal tester, and Wilma, who grew up in an orphanage) and their practice of serving him alternating dinners of mashed potatoes and tuna surprise ("When I was an orphan, I never got any kind of surprise at all," Wilma tells him). But after a Gussy's Restaurant franchise is built atop an empty lot which is rumored to be oddly polluted, strange things start happening. First, Roseville's children begin disappearing. Then, after months of nightly meals at Gussy's (his relieved parents find it a good alternative to cooking), Roscoe finds himself undergoing a Kafka-esque metamorphosis. Could it be his steady diet of Jungle Drums ("just about the biggest hamburgers in the world")? With the help of his brainy best friend, the vegetarian and junior anthropologist Kinshasa Rosa Parks Boomer, Roscoe solves the mystery and helps rescue his kidnapped schoolmates. Colorful plot twists and character names from Roscoe's teacher, Bernard W. Pinchbeck, to Judy Pongarongatong combine with sassy first-person narration and snappy dialogue to skew the proceedings a few thoroughly enjoyable degrees off normal. Ages 7-10.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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By A Customer on March 28 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle, by David Elliott is a great book. If you like exciting cliffhanger books, you will like this one. This book is written by the main character. The book is very exciting. The author writes that if you eat at a Burger restaurant for 6 months something bad will happen to you. In the sixth month, one day something does happen to Roscoe Wizzle. He turns into a bug during class because someone says the word "transmogrification". After a while, Roscoe and his friend go to Gussy's. Roscoe gets in a fight. I'm not going to tell you the rest of the story, so read the story. So if you like cliff-hanger stories call your mom up and ask her to start running!
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By A Customer on Nov. 5 2001
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I got the books on tape version of this book for our eight year old son. We were taking a seven hour flight to Europe and needed some quick ideas for entertaining him. He loved the book. Over the course of our stay he would listen to the book at least an hour everyday. In the end we considered putting limits on his listening time, then we heard the book with him. It was wonderful. Mr. Elliott has an excellent sense of humor that was perfect for both our son and for any adults listening. The story was great and never lagged. For parents more concerned with morals, the book has a strong positive message. We would highly recommend it and can't wait for his next book!
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The best reward is that my 10 year old grandson just loved this book that I chose for him on instinct!! I wish there were other books by this author to buy - he really knows how to appeal to young readers - and what a great gift!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A ZESTFUL READING OF A ZIPPY TALE May 17 2001
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
The dialogue's zippy, it is a bit zany, a Kafka-like treat for readers age 7 and up. It's also tantamount to impossible not to like David Elliot's funny, upbeat farce.
First off, you can't expect Roscoe to be an average youngster - his parents, Waldo and Wilma Wizzle, are unlikely nurturers. Dad, is a cymbal tester, and Mom is an orphan who graces their dining table with either mashed potatoes or tuna surprise.
But the surprise isn't really in the tuna - it's in what happens to the town's youngsters when a Gussy's Restaurant franchise opens. What happens to Roscoe after ingesting countless "Jungle Drums," the world's largest hamburgers, is downright shocking.
Not to worry though when Roscoe and his best buddy, a vegetarian and amateur anthropologist, put their minds to it, nothing stops them.
David Krumholtz offers a zestful reading of this laugh provoking tale.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle Nov. 5 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I got the books on tape version of this book for our eight year old son. We were taking a seven hour flight to Europe and needed some quick ideas for entertaining him. He loved the book. Over the course of our stay he would listen to the book at least an hour everyday. In the end we considered putting limits on his listening time, then we heard the book with him. It was wonderful. Mr. Elliott has an excellent sense of humor that was perfect for both our son and for any adults listening. The story was great and never lagged. For parents more concerned with morals, the book has a strong positive message. We would highly recommend it and can't wait for his next book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Raves from a 10 year old Feb. 24 2002
By Suellen G. Zimet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The best reward is that my 10 year old grandson just loved this book that I chose for him on instinct!! I wish there were other books by this author to buy - he really knows how to appeal to young readers - and what a great gift!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Kids don't usually turn into bugs! March 28 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle, by David Elliott is a great book. If you like exciting cliffhanger books, you will like this one. This book is written by the main character. The book is very exciting. The author writes that if you eat at a Burger restaurant for 6 months something bad will happen to you. In the sixth month, one day something does happen to Roscoe Wizzle. He turns into a bug during class because someone says the word "transmogrification". After a while, Roscoe and his friend go to Gussy's. Roscoe gets in a fight. I'm not going to tell you the rest of the story, so read the story. So if you like cliff-hanger stories call your mom up and ask her to start running!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Silly and Shallow Aug. 15 2004
By C. J. Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
genre: fantasy

The 2-star rating is for literary quality.

This is Roscoe's fluid, conversational, and entertaining account of the outcome of eating at a fast food restaurant built on contaminated property that could well be designated a superfund, toxic waste site.

Characterization vaguely mimics Roald Dahl's style but is otherwise very flat. Silly names. The plot has suspense but is spare in development. Marginal slapstick.

Reading Roscoe's tale is like watching a Bullwinkle cartoon.

The book's big merit is that it will be a magnet for recreational reading; especially 8 - 10 year old boys who are on the reluctant side as readers and have beginning experience with chapter books. It has a place on the classroom shelf.


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